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Increasing Hope for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

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  1. DBT has helped me immensely w/my bipolar 1 disorder. I may have borderline, but I asked my T to not put it on my ins. form as an exploratory dx due to the stigma involved w/borderline. But the dx doesn’t matter to me as much as how helpful DBT has been for me. My medications have been able to be reduced & some eliminated after employing the DBT techniques.

  2. @Suzanne: Glad to hear your outcome has been positive!

  3. I am studying treatment options for BPD and would love to know what else you have published or what literary resources you currently refer to. Thanks!

  4. @Lee:
    We haven’t personally published on this topic. HOwever, if you e-mail us at we would be happy to send you a selected relevant bibliography.

  5. i have been in therapy for 15 yrs and have tried all the behavioral therapies medications holistic treatment etc…and i am aware now alot of BPD is an emotion regulation brain glitch…what other treatments have come available?…my family suffers and this is unfair to them…i am very open minded…surgical procedures??…

  6. How does one get a BPD to acknowledge their illness? I am “with” a highly intelligent but extremely inept and volatile bully who thinks that his genius in electronics makes him god in all. He denies reality of events, rewrites them to exonerate his nasties and blames me instead.
    How to get thru to him that what happened really did happen. Thank you.

  7. @Madeleine: Our book has some ideas about communicating with those who have BPD. However, it simply isn’t always possible to “get through to them” as much as you’d like. I wish there was magic for handling problems like this!

  8. I need more detailed advice about how to get a BPD who is also OCD to acknowledge the illness and seek help. My mother in law (so cliche!) is tempermental, controlling, unpredictable and suicidal, and her husband is an academic who will say anything she wants to keep her quiet. She has excommunicated all her children because they refuse to agree to her demands on how to live their lives, but the lack of communication makes her more crazy. She won’t take drugs because she says that they make her fat. HELP PLEASE!!

    • @Daughter in Law: I recommend you seek professional help for ideas on how to deal with the situation; it just can’t be done via the Internet. In addition, consider reading Stop Walking on Eggshells.

  9. I’m a 43 yo female and have struggled with, depression, suicidal ideations and every other symptom of BPD. I’m an RN and have handled/coped with life, a husband and 3 children(ages 20, 18, 16). However, in the last 2 yrs I have been experiencing increased rage and anger. My children are the objects of my intense and quick rage; often manifested in screaming about situations that are not life threatening. I overreact.
    My insurance will not pay for any help or therapy. I am in need of help, therapy and am open to participating in a study or whatever you may have to offer. Please help.

  10. My 15 y/o daughter has all the signs of BPD. She’s been on ADHD meds since 2nd grade. Signs of OCD and social difficulties were attributed ADHD. Group therapy never helped. Three years ago at age 12 she was hospitalized for anorexia. Intense therapy and prozac seemed to help. One year later she was hospitalized for depression and again 9 moths after that. We are struggling to help her. She is now on 125 mg of Lomictol, 100mg Geodon and still no relief. Impulsive/risky behaviors, depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety continue. School social worker suggested we get second opinion for BPD. How do I find specialists in my area (Northern Virginia near DC) that diagnose and treat BPD? What medications may help? What is the name of your book referenced in the blog? Do you have any suggested reading on BPD? Can you offer me hope….please…that my daughter can be helped!!! Are there summer programs that could help her? All traditional camps would be too risky. Are there support group for parents/families? This is very hard on us as parents and on her siblings. Frankly, I’m exhausted!!

    • Get a second opinion and better evaluation. She may have PTSD or other cognitive issues. Being on medicine since she was 2 may also be the problem. No kid that young needs ADHD medicine. That is a parenting issue. Unfortunately we live in western medicine that give a pill for everything and ignores behavioral and family dynamics. She’s also a teenager, so some of it may be completely normal. She’s also of the age to begin taking herself seriously and begin changing herself for the better. Please be sure she is in therapy.

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